Dove Cameron Opens Up About ‘Selecting To Love Myself’ As A Queer Girl

Dove Cameron is wanting again on her journey to residing authentically. 

The actor and singer recognized herself as a part of the LGBTQ group in an Instagram Reside interview final 12 months whereas discussing the lyric video for her music “We Belong,” which featured same-sex {couples} in tender embraces. 

Talking to Homosexual Instances for its summer season situation, Cameron stated she grappled over whether or not to handle her sexuality within the weeks main as much as the music’s launch, noting she feared she wouldn’t be accepted for who she is.  

“I’ve hinted about my sexuality for years whereas being afraid to spell it out for everyone,” the 25-year-old stated. “I used to be by no means confused about who I used to be. … It felt like one thing that I might by no means discuss.”

The “We Belong” video, Cameron defined, initially drew accusations of “queerbaiting,” referring to a disingenuous advertising and marketing technique used to draw LGBTQ shoppers. (Artists corresponding to Nick Jonas and Harry Kinds have confronted related criticisms.) 

Cameron has dated solely males publicly and was in a high-profile relationship with actor Thomas Doherty from 2016 to 2020. The actor’s determination to stay as her true self got here after she acknowledged she was “behaving like any individual who was out and I spotted I wasn’t.”

“I went on Instagram Reside and stated, ‘Guys, I actually wanted to clarify one thing to you. Possibly I haven’t stated it, however I’m tremendous queer. That is one thing I wish to characterize by way of my music as a result of it’s who I’m.’ Ever since then, I’ve had such an unbelievable relationship with my followers and now we have this very secure house that we’ve created.”

Within the Instagram chat, Cameron recognized herself as bisexual, however she informed Homosexual Instances she believes “queer” works higher for her. 

“I’m not a label individual, however I might say that I’m queer and that’s most likely my most correct solution to characterize myself,” she stated. “With the method of popping out, it was about who I’m as an entire slightly than who I select up to now or sleep with. I’m selecting to like myself, to be who I’m day-after-day and never edit myself relying on the room that I’m in. I’m making no apologies for who I’m.”

In a case of artwork imitating life, Cameron tweeted final October that she believed the dual sisters she portrayed on the Disney Channel sequence “Liv and Maddie” from 2013 to 2017 have been additionally queer.  

“Maddie was undoubtedly homosexual,” she wrote on the time, whereas Liv “was bi.” 

The actor will subsequent be seen in “Powerpuff,” a live-action reimagining of the beloved animated sequence “The Powerpuff Ladies.” She’s additionally signed on to star reverse Jordan Fisher within the HBO Max movie “Area Notes on Love,” primarily based on the 2019 younger grownup novel of the identical title. 

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